Rahm holds off Dunne to win Spanish Open

Rahm holds off Dunne to win Spanish Open

As Rahm closed with a five-under 67 to win his third European Tour title on 20-under par and become only the sixth Spanish victor since 1972, Dunne had to console himself with a late birdie that denied Spain's Nacho Elvira a share of second at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

Rahm came from two shots back at the start of the day in signing for a five-under par 67 and also playing the final hole in five-under for the four days for his 20-under par tally in Madrid.

Moments later, Rahm birdied the last to secure a third win from only 19 European Tour events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark.

"When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament", Rahm said.

"Being able to win this as a pro for the Spanish people feels great, it's hard to describe".

"It was by far the hardest Sunday I've ever had to play and the weight of the crowd I was carrying and I saw the willingness and the feelings as everybody wanted me to win". I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified.

Dunne, the British Masters champion, was "disappointed" to miss out on a second European Tour victory but, at the same time, expressed his delight for the victor.

While he was tied for the lead when he birdied the 10th, the putts that fell for the first three days failed to drop.


Rahm soon found himself in the solo lead as Elvira and Dunne both missed the green and failed to get up and down on the fourth but Elvira snatched top spot with an eagle on the next, holing a downhill left-to-righter from 35 feet.

The 23-year-old was under a lot of pressure considering he was competing in his national open for the first time.

Rahm again incurred the wrath of Sky commentators, including renowned Dougie Donnelly, for a second day running, in failing to call "Fore" after a wild drive off the 10th that would lead to a chip-in birdie and take him to 18-under.

He then came home in three under with a bogey-free back nine of 33 to hold off Dunne and Nacho Elvira.

While he birdied the 15th to get back to within two shots of Rahm and Elvira, there were to be no late mistakes from the eventual victor.

Paul Dunne birdied 18 to pip Elvira to second place after the Spaniard double-bogeyed the 17th.

Coetzee equalled the lowest round of the week with a 63.

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